April 24th, 2012

The Return of the Rowdies

The Rowdies are back. After a 19-year absence, Tampa’s beloved soccer team returned to the Bay area with a home opener versus NASL opponent FC Edmonton on April 14. (The team and their spirited fans actually returned as the eerily-similar green and gold FC Tampa Bay two seasons ago while licensing to the Rowdies name was negotiated.) I’ve worked as the franchise’s team photographer for the past two years, photographing game days, headshots and press […]

March 8th, 2012

Ocala’s Adena Beef Revolution

One of the best things about being a photojournalist is the opportunity you are given to discover the hidden beauty of the place you live. Photographing the Adena Beef cattle operation that’s coming online near Ocala for Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine was a great chance to rediscover a stretch of North Florida I usually just fly on my way up to Gainesville. Frank Stronach has purchased somewhere around 70,000 acres in Marion County and has become […]

March 5th, 2012

Jockette Carol Cedeño at Tampa Bay Downs

I recently had the chance to spent a morning at Tampa Bay Downs photographing jockette Carol Cedeño and her family for a feature story by Puerto Rico newspaper El Nuevo Dia. Cedeño, 23, is married to fellow jockey Angel Serpa and returned to racing just a few months after giving birth to her son, Dylan. I love spending time in the stables of a horse track. And being able to watch Cedeño walk through the […]

February 4th, 2012

A Buccaneer Gasparilla – Tampa Photographer Matt May

Tampa’s annual Gasparilla invasion is a Mardi Gras style party where pirates invade the city aboard a massive pirate ship and then parade down the waterfront firing their guns and throwing out beads to hundreds of thousands of revelers. It’s so much a part of the city’s identity that when Tampa was awarded an NFL franchise in 1976 they were given a pirate themed logo and called the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’ve been taking part […]